The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office has determined who was driving a van that struck a girl and her grandfather on a motorcycle last month, according to a Wednesday news release.
Brooklyn Brouhard, 10, of Eudora, was the passenger on a motorcycle driven by Barry Larson, 54, also of Eudora, when the two were struck by a van on East 1900 Road on Saturday, May 14. Witnesses reported that the driver of the van proceeded down the ramp, leaving its bumper behind, and returned to eastbound K-10, according to DGSO.
Brouhard and Larson were both taken to an area hospital after the crash, but Brouhard died the next morning.
Investigators located the van, and subsequently determined who was driving. A warrant has been issued for the driver’s arrest.
However, DGSO is not yet releasing the name of the suspect.
“… we believe publicly disclosing his name will hinder our ability to take him into custody,” Sheriff Jay Armbrister said in the release. “We ask for the community’s continued patience as we work tirelessly to locate and bring this person safely into custody. Once the driver is apprehended and we can provide more information, we believe the community will understand the circumstances.”
DGSO says anyone with information about the suspected driver’s whereabouts is encouraged to contact Douglas County Crime Stoppers, 785-843-TIPS (8477). Callers may be eligible for a reward for credible information leading to an arrest, according to the release.
“We continue to make a plea to the driver to turn yourself in to authorities,” Armbrister said in the release. “The Sheriff’s Office will continue to do everything we can to bring answers for Brooklyn and her family.”